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September 26 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 26, 2016

‘Right to Yelp’: New laws would protect reviewers from lawsuits

Your stylist botched your haircut; your mechanic missed a leak in your radiator; your hotel room was freezing; your boss piles on the work. You vent your grievances online in a forum like Yelp, TripAdvisor or Glassdoor. Then comes a knock on the door. By Carolyn Said — San Francisco Chronicle

This Democrat's legal past both helps and haunts him in California's most competitive congressional race

When first-time candidate Bryan Caforio explains how he got into politics, he points out that it was his experience as a lawyer that fueled his decision last winter to jump into a heated Los Angeles County congressional race. Caforio, 33, whom Democrats have identified as their best chance to oust one of the state’s Republicans, says that as a trial lawyer he “saw a system in which far too many people in our community were taken advantage of on an almost daily basis” because “corporate politicians” were “looking out for the biggest banks and the wealthiest corporations instead of the people back here at home.” By Javier Panzar — Los Angeles Times

Ex-grid star to lose law license Monday

According to the State Bar Court of California, Ronald Jack Mix, former star Chargers lineman, will lose his law license Monday. Bar records state that as of September 26, Mix, a Hall of Famer, goes on "interim suspension after conviction." By Don Bauder — San Diego Reader

Death penalty is dying across America. Will California save it?

The last inmate executed in California was 76-year-old Clarence Ray Allen, legally blind and suffering from diabetes, who had his heart stopped with a lethal chemical cocktail as punishment for a triple homicide in Fresno he’d ordered from a Folsom Prison cell a quarter century earlier. It was more than a decade ago when Allen spoke his last words – “Hoka Hey, it’s a good day to die” – and the poisons flowed into his veins at San Quentin State Prison. By Sean Cockerham— The Sacramento Bee

High-profile defense attorney attempts to represent Monterey County woman accused of killing 2 children

An attempt by a high-profile defense attorney to represent a woman accused of killing two children was quickly squashed by a Monterey County judge in denying her request for a new trial date. Santa Monica defense attorney Marcia Morrissey, who’s represented Snoop Dogg and the Menendez Brothers, made an appearance in court Friday with Tami Huntsman in an attempt to be appointed as her second attorney. By Claudia Melendez — San Jose Mercury News

Houston shooter who injured nine at a strip mall was a lawyer angry at his law firm

Nine people were shot and wounded, one critically, in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning by a lawyer who had issues with his law firm, authorities said. The first report of the shootings began at about 6:30 a.m., Police Chief Martha Montalvo said at a news conference, and when officers arrived, the suspect began firing at them. — The Associated Press

Court leader or leading dissenter? Chief justice’s fate tied to election

In Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s 11 years on the Supreme Court, his unfolding legacy has been marked by a debate over whether his very occasional liberal votes in major cases were the acts of a statesman devoted to his institution, a traitor to his principles or the legal umpire he said he aspired to be at his confirmation hearings. This election could settle that debate. By Adam Liptak — The New York Times

Bridgegate trial: Christie taking heat from defense, prosecution

At nearly every turn last week, lawyers in the George Washington Bridge criminal trial turned jurors’ attention to someone who wasn’t in the courtroom, someone who isn’t charged with a crime in the case or even named in the indictment as a co-conspirator. They worked to shine a spotlight on Chris Christie, the governor at the center of the scandal who has repeatedly said he only learned of the actual defendants’ By Dustin Racioppi — The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record

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